High cholesterol can be developed in people of all ages. Recently 46-year-old TV presenter Emma Willis found out she had high cholesterol which she recently discussed in the Express. One of our newest customers, Peter, 38 from Falkirk in Scotland said: "I don't think I ever really thought about cholesterol or how important it is to our health. I just assumed that because I'm young and relatively healthy, my levels would be fine. So finding out they weren't was quite a shock." As we go down the path of life, it's important to get checked for high cholesterol. High cholesterol is when you have too much of a fatty substance called cholesterol in your bloodstream. This is mainly caused by several factors: eating fatty food, not exercising enough, being overweight, smoking and drinking alcohol. It can also be hereditary an run in families. You can lower your cholesterol by eating healthily and getting more exercise. Some people also need to take medicine called statins. Too much cholesterol can block your blood vessels. It makes you more likely to have heart problems or a stroke. High cholesterol does not cause symptoms. You can only find out if you have it from a blood test. Your blood cholesterol level can be affected by your diet, how much physical activity you do, your weight, your genes and other health conditions and if you have high cholesterol, it means that you're more likely to get heart disease. Protect your heart and why not get out for a walk in the summer sun, you'll not only get some Vitamin D, but your body will also benefit from movement.
Sometimes all you want to do is curl up on the sofa with a cheese board and a cheesy movie. Time is of the essence, and we love a great recommendation on all things cheese related here at Fit Cheese HQ, so to save you time, here are 3 recommendations for cheesy movies to watch. Some of the movies below aren't necessarily considered good movies, yet there are a few that are both good and cheesy. It's all subjective. Here are 3 of some of the cheesiest movies you can find on Netflix or Amazon Prime and ones we love. The Big Lebowski (1998) This early Coen Brothers film from the late-’90s stars Jeff Bridges as Jeffrey Lebowski, a California laid back dude who is conned into a ransom scheme intended for another Jeffrey Lebowski, aka “The Big” Lebowski. This film has aged like a fine cheese and has developed cult status in the last 25 years. Legally Blonde (2001) We're partial to pretty much everything Reese Witherspoon does these days, whether it's her book club or producing and starring in great drama series like Big Little Lies. Let's throwback to 2001 when Legally Blonde first came out. It is more empowering than it is cheesy, though there are a few schmaltzy moments sprinkled here and there. This film has remained relevant since its debut, and there's a Legally Blonde 3 in the pipeline, when we pick up with Elle Woods and see how she is at 40 versus at 21. Mystic Pizza (1988) Harking back to the late 80's, Mystic Pizza was set in a Connecticut pizzeria and sees Julia Roberts stars alongside Annabeth Gish and Lili Taylor as three waitresses looking for love while working at this pizza place. The film is a cult classic, all at once corny, heart-warming, and funny, and did you know Mystic Pizza was Roberts’ first starring role? Plus, this film includes Matt Damon’s feature film debut! Whether you're in the mood for a light-hearted rom-com, a stoner classic, or something a little more dramatic, there's definitely a cheesy movie on this list for you. So go ahead, grab some snacks, and get comfortable. So there you have it, three of the best cheesy movies available on Netflix or Amazon Prime. What will you be watching tonight? Let us know in the comments below.
High Cholesterol and Love Cheese? In recent years, high cholesterol has become a major health concern for many people. High cholesterol is a risk factor for heart disease, stroke, and other serious health problems. If you have high cholesterol, it is important to take steps to lower your cholesterol level with your diet and with exercise. If you love cheese, then it's probably off menu if you are a loved one have health challenges with cholesterol. However, all is not lost! Fit Cheese is a new cheese product created with statin users in mind. It is low in saturated fat and is cholesterol free, so ideal for statin users who enjoy their cheese and currently exclude cheese from their daily diet. Fit Cheese can be enjoyed by people with high cholesterol along with those who just want to keep their cholesterol level down. This type of cheddar is ideal for consumers of all ages who just want to maintain a healthier lifestyle or diet and as cheese is a good source of calcium, it is also beneficial for brain health. Fit Cheese not only tastes as good as cheddar but can be used or eaten in all the same ways; whether you want a slice in a sandwich, melted on toast or added to a lasagne or macaroni cheese to make a healthier meal. Protein and fruit and veg combined with cheese can make a healthy lunch or you can always just enjoy Fit Cheese as part of a cheeseboard or as a nutritious healthy snack.
Cheese can be a healthy food ingredient that comes with many benefits. Cheese is a great source of calcium, fat, and protein. It also contains high amounts of vitamins A and B-12, along with zinc, phosphorus, and riboflavin. Cheese made from the milk of 100 percent grass-fed animals is the highest in nutrients and also contains omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin K-2. Cheese also supports good dental health. Fit Cheese is cholesterol free cheese that grates, melts and tastes like cheddar. Here are some suggestions from the team here on how you can enjoy cheese, not just our lactose and cholesterol cheese which grates, melts and tastes like cheddar. Pair fresh/soft cheese with some crisp white wines This is a great idea because it helps enhance your experience and push it to the next level. Soft cheese includes brie, Feta, Camembert, Halloumi and many others. You can combine this with white port, sauvignon blanc, Riesling, chenin blanc, chardonnay or albarino. Serve cheese with nuts Nuts are great to eat with Fit Cheese because they bring in the sweet note to your cheese. Pretty much any nuts will go with cheese, with pecans, hazelnuts and almond being a very good options to consider here. Baked Brie with honey This is an interesting way to prepare cheese for those in your life who don’t experience high cholesterol and it’s a dish you can serve at any time, not just during the festive season when many more of us enjoy a cheeseboard or three. Preheat your oven, add some brie onto parchment paper, drizzle with some honey and you can also top the cheese with nuts, figs or anything like that. Then bake it for 5-8 minutes. Add grated cheese to your food Shredded or grated cheese is known to bring you a much better flavour in your food, whether it’s in salads, nachos, French fries, baked or mashed potatoes, omelets, and frittata. Spread soft cheese onto crackers This can be great if you want to offer an informal snack. Soft cheese is great on healthy, fibre crackers such as Ryvita or with oat cakes which have a low GI. Cheese and fruit Here at Fit Cheese, we’re fond of cheese with pineapple on a homemade pizza base. We’re also partial to crackers with cheese, tomato and a sprinkle of black pepper. One of our team’s absolute favourite pairing for a light supper or snack at lunchtime is toasted brown bread, with mashed banana and a slice or two of Fit Cheese. It might seem an usual combo, one that is well worth trying! Add some melted cheddar to your dishes Melted cheddar is ideal for a variety of great foods. It works with a cheese and onion toastie, cheesy beanos, nachos, it also works great with meatballs, creamed peas and potatoes, baked peppers, spinach artichoke bread and tortillas, amongst others. Melted Fit Cheese is an easy and tasty addition to a multitude of simple dishes. Consume cheese with oats and apples This can be an amazing breakfast option, and you will be impressed with how tasty this can be as a fibre focused way to start the day. Egg muffins and cheese So, McDonalds may be off the menu if you suffer from high cholesterol, but you can easily combine egg, muffins, and some cheese to make them soft and tasty. Search healthy egg muffin recipes online and you’ll find lots of recipes which can be made in under 10 minutes! Naked We’re not suggesting a state of undress in the kitchen, but we are suggesting that sometimes cheese is just grand on its own! Perfect snack to always have in your fridge and since Fit Cheese has a 6-month shelf life, is lactose and cholesterol free, it’s the perfect guilt free snack for everyone. Follow our social media channels for more inspiration. Find us on Facebook here. https://www.facebook.com/fitcheese
According to the NHS eating a healthy diet and doing regular exercise can help lower the level of cholesterol in your blood. Taking up healthy habits like eating a healthy, balanced diet and ensuring you remain active, can also help prevent your cholesterol levels becoming high in the first instance. Regardless of our age, it’s important to keep your cholesterol in check because high cholesterol levels increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. If you’re concerned about your cholesterol, talk to your GP and if you or a family member is worried and you're aged 40 to 74, you can get your cholesterol checked as part of an NHS Health Check. Saturated and unsaturated fat There are 2 main types of fat: saturated and unsaturated. Eating too many foods high in saturated fat can raise the level of cholesterol in your blood. The list of foods high in saturated fat include dairy products such as cream, hard cheeses, meat pies, sausages and fatty cuts of meat, butter, ghee and lard, cakes and biscuits and foods containing coconut or palm oil. Eating foods that contain unsaturated fat instead of saturated fat can help reduce cholesterol levels. You can try to replace foods containing saturated fats with small amounts of foods high in unsaturated fats, such as oily fish – such as mackerel and salmon, almond and cashew nuts, avocados, pumpkin or sunflower seeds and choosing rapeseed, vegetable, walnut, peanut, corn or olive oils. Reducing total fat Reducing the total amount of fat in your diet can also help reduce your risk of heart disease. Instead of roasting or frying, consider grilling, steaming, poaching, boiling or use a microwave if you have one. Opt for lean cuts of meat and go for lower-fat varieties of dairy products or cholesterol-free and lactose free cheese like Fit Cheese. Fibre and cholesterol Eating plenty of fibre helps lower your risk of heart disease, and some high-fibre foods can help lower your cholesterol. Adults should aim for at least 30g of fibre a day and the NHS advises that our diet should include a mix of sources of fibre, which includes nuts and seeds, fruit and vegetables, wholemeal bread, bran and wholegrain cereals, potatoes with their skins on, oats and barley and pulses, such as beans, peas and lentils. Foods containing cholesterol Some foods naturally contain cholesterol, called dietary cholesterol. Foods such as kidneys, eggs and prawns are higher in dietary cholesterol than other foods. Dietary cholesterol has much less of an effect on the level of cholesterol in your blood than the amount of saturated fat you eat does. It's also a good idea to up your general intake of fruit, vegetables and fibre.
Cheese is healthy for us if we consume the right cheese in the right amounts to manage cholesterol and heart health, but did you know that eating cheese every day could 'strongly' cut the risk of getting dementia - while drinking red wine may also offer extra protection, a study has found. Dementia's biggest known risk factor is ageing, and as life expectancies across the developed world grow, more and more people are expected to be diagnosed with conditions such as Alzheimer's. As a result, scientists are working hard to research potential ways of fending off these progressive disorders so that individuals can be more confident of remaining healthy in old age. One recent study indicates that simply eating cheese every day could 'strongly' cut the risk of dementia and its associated brain decline. The Express reports that the promising finding has been published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. Researchers looked at the way decisions related to diet can affect fluid intelligence (FI) - the basic processes involved in abstract problem-solving without prior knowledge. When age-related FI loss happens at a greater rate, it heightens the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Studies have suggested that certain diets can have a bearing on rates of decline, but there is uncertainty around the way long-term food consumption affects FI among adults with or without a family history of Alzheimer's. The Journal of Alzheimer's Disease study attempted to fill in the gaps by examining how someone's overall diet could be linked with dementia among those in mid-to-late-life both at-risk, and not-at-risk, of getting Alzheimer's. More than 1,700 adults took part, with their 10-year FI trajectories being compared with their diets based on a questionnaire which listed 49 whole foods. Researchers discovered that daily cheese intake 'strongly' predicted better FI trajectory scores over time. Drinking alcohol of any type daily also appeared to be beneficial and "red wine was sometimes additionally protective", they wrote. Eating lamb on a weekly basis was associated with improved outcomes too. "Among at-risk groups, added salt correlated with decreased performance," the researchers added. They concluded: "Modifying meal plans may help minimise cognitive decline. "We observed that added salt may put at-risk individuals at greater risk, but did not observe similar interactions among FH [familial history of Alzheimer's] and Alzheimer's individuals. "Observations further suggest in risk status-dependent manners that adding cheese and red wine to the diet daily, and lamb on a weekly basis, may also improve long-term cognitive outcomes." As always, different studies have alternative outcomes and findings, this one isn’t suitable, if for example you choose to avoid red meat and or alcohol. Alzheimer’s is a form of dementia which has been found to be closely linked with type 2 diabetes. For more information visit Diabetes UK’s website here and for information on Alzheimers, try this link to the NHS website. If you’re concerned about your health, always consult your GP before embarking on any new health regimes, especially if you or a loved one are suffering with high cholesterol. If you’d like to order Fit Cheese, click this link to go directly to our shop.
YOU SAY POTATO, I SAY FIT CHEESE THE baked potato is a family favourite and is perfect for those colder winter nights when you want something comforting but don’t have the time to cook a full meal. Despite the comfort provided by the traditional baked potato, the conventional topping of cheese and beans can become dull over time and even stodgy, particularly if you’re looking to make some healthier decisions about your diet. And so, I’ve compiled a list of toppings that are healthy, tasty and easy to make. Baked Potato with Fit Cheese and Beans If you’re craving the traditional baked potato topping of cheese and beans but want to make it healthier, then this is the perfect option. By using Fit Cheese, which is low in saturated fat and cholesterol-free, you can enjoy all the flavour and comfort of the simple baked potato without the guilt. Ingredients Fit Cheese finely grated 2 large Jacket potatoes No added sugar Heinz Beanz (400g) Directions Pre-heat the oven to 200C / 180C fan. Using a fork, prick your potatoes all over and bake in the oven for 1 hour. Before your potatoes are due to come out of the oven, warm your beans on a medium heat. Once your potatoes look golden-brown, remove them from the oven. (Quick tip: To make sure your potato is cooked all the way through, pierce the centre with a knife) Cut your potatoes across the middle and squeeze the sides to open. Then cover your potato with your beans and finely grated Fit Cheese. Baked Sweet Potato and Fiery Beans The sweet potato is full of flavour and takes slightly less time to cook than the traditional jacket potato. This makes it a great alternative if you’re rushed for time but still want to make something delicious. Also, sweet potatoes are packed with vitamins, minerals and fibre: so they are perfect for those seeking to make a healthy but satisfying dinner. Ingredients 2 large sweet potatoes 1 tbsp paprika 1 large onion chopped 2 garlic cloves crushed 2 tsp of Worcestershire sauce Mixed beans (400g) Chopped tomatoes (400g) 2 tbsp of guacamole Directions Pre-heat the oven to 200C /180C fan. Using a fork, prick your potatoes all over and bake in the oven for 50 minutes. While your potatoes are cooking, make the beans. To do this, cook your onion until soft then add the garlic, sugar, paprika and Worcestershire sauce. Then, tip in the drained beans and chopped tomatoes and allow to simmer until your potatoes are ready. Remove your potatoes from the oven. Cut your potatoes across the middle and squeeze the sides to open. Serve your sweet potatoes with the beans on top and a dollop of guacamole. Loaded Baked Potatoes These baked potatoes are loaded with a spring onion, sweetcorn, and Fit Cheese filling … making them delicious and healthy. Ingredients 2 large baked potatoes Butter (30g) 0% fat yoghurt (150g) 4 small spring onions finely chopped No added sugar sweetcorn (200g) Fit Cheese finely grated (150g) Small handful of chives finely chopped Directions Pre-heat the oven to 180C/160C fan. Using a fork, prick your potatoes all over and bake in the oven for 1 hour. Once the potatoes are a golden brown on the outside but soft on the inside, remove them from the oven and cut them in half. Scoop out the inside of the potatoes and mash with the butter and yoghurt, then gently mix the spring onions, sweetcorn, and most of the cheese (save some for the top). Turn the oven up to 200C /180C fan. Spoon the filling back into the potato skins; top with the rest of your cheese and place back in the oven until the cheese is evenly melted. (Quick tip: serve with some delicious homemade coleslaw to make this dish extra special) Mushroom Baked Potatoes These delightful baked potatoes are filled with a mix of shiitake and closed cup mushrooms perfectly paired to create an earthy and full-flavoured taste. Yet, they are also simple to make and are perfect for the health-conscious foodie. Indeed, not only are mushrooms delicious, but they are known for their numerous health benefits. Ingredients 2 large baked potatoes 1 tsp sunflower oil Shiitake mushrooms (125g) Closed cup mushrooms (125g) 0% fat sour cream and chive dip (100g) Directions Pre-heat the oven to 200C / 180C fan. Using a fork, prick your potatoes all over and bake in the oven for 1 hour. Slice your mushrooms; fry in the oil and stir in the dip. Once your potatoes look golden-brown, remove them from the oven. Cut your potatoes across the middle and squeeze the sides to open. Fill your potatoes with your mushrooms and enjoy.
Three Ways to Lower Your Cholesterol What is High Cholesterol? Cholesterol is produced in the liver and everyone has it in their blood. Every cell in our body uses it, so we need it to survive. However, we also know that too much cholesterol can have an adverse effect on our health. Having high cholesterol can increase your risk of a heart attack and stroke. What Causes High Cholesterol? A variety of different factors can contribute to high cholesterol. However, there are some typical lifestyle habits that can lead to the condition. Eating too much saturated fat Not exercising enough Smoking Drinking alcohol Eat Less Saturated Fat Having a diet that’s high in saturated fat puts you at risk of having high cholesterol. So, reducing your consumption of foods high in saturated fat is essential if you’re serious about lowering your cholesterol. Cheese is often high in saturated fat, so it should be one of our first targets if we’re looking to reduce our cholesterol. However, we don’t need to banish cheese entirely. Switching to Fit Cheese, which is cholesterol-free and low in saturated fat, is a far better option than having to go full teetotal. Thanks to a unique recipe, Fit Cheese grates, slices and melts just like your favourite dairy cheddar … and it tastes delicious too. Switching to skimmed milk; using vegetable oil spreads and replacing regular mince with lower-fat options are other great ways to reduce your cholesterol. Exercise More Exercise gets the blood pumping, which helps reduce your cholesterol levels by moving the bad cholesterol to your liver to be removed from your body. It’s recommended we all do at least 30 minutes of activity a day. However, exercising more doesn’t have to mean joining the gym or completing a marathon. It can simply mean: Going for a brisk walk in the park Taking the stairs instead of the lift Going for a slow jog while having regular breaks Drink Less Alcohol The liver plays an essential role in removing bad cholesterol from our bodies. Alcohol affects the function of the liver, so reducing how much you drink will help your liver work better at removing that bad cholesterol. Some tips from the British Heart Foundation to reduce your alcohol consumption: Drink fewer than 14 units of alcohol a week Have a few days each week where you don’t drink at all Avoid binge-drinking Order a small glass of wine or half pint of beer
SEEKING a tasty alternative to the traditional toastie? Look no further. The humble cheese toastie is a classic lunchtime favourite. And when it’s served with a hot bowl of soup there really is nothing better. The humdrum plain cheese toastie can become a little boring after a while. So, let’s look at some off-beat alternatives to inject some excitement into the traditional toastie. Honey, Banana and Cheese Toastie Banana and cheese have always paired well on a warm and freshly buttered slice of toast. But what about combining the two to make a delicious banana and cheese toastie? This unique breakfast snack is perfect for those looking for something a little different to start their day. This might otherwise be considered an indulgent breakfast, but by using Fit Cheese, which is low in saturated fat, you can eaten it with a clean conscience. Ingredients Fit Cheese sliced Butter 2 slices of bread (brown sourdough is my favourite) 1 whole banana sliced 1 tsp of honey 1 tsp of peanut butter (optional) Our recipe is easy to make and can be done even if you’re running a bit late for work, so no excuses. Directions To get started, spread a generous amount of butter to your slices of sourdough. (Quick tip: to stop the bread sticking to your frying pan and add a delicious crust on top, butter the outside of your bread) Next, place your sliced Fit Cheese and banana onto your bread, drizzling the honey on top to finish. I also love to spread a thin layer of peanut butter on the inside of the sourdough slices, adding another dimension of flavour to what is already a mouth-watering toastie. Following this, heat your frying pan to medium heat and cook each side of your toastie until golden brown. Lastly, enjoy warm with your favourite cup of coffee. Or while you’re running to catch your train. Cheesy Beano Toastie The cheesy beano is a Scottish staple and makes a brilliant lazy dinner after a busy day at work. But what’s better than the traditional cheesy beano? A spiced-up cheesy beano toastie, perhaps? Ingredients Fit Cheese finely grated Butter 2 slices of bread (for this toastie I find a traditional white loaf works best) · 1/2 a can of your favourite baked beans, I think the Heinz Fiery Chilli Beanz work as a delicious alternative if you’re looking to jazz your toastie up a bit! Directions To start, warm your beans on low to medium heat and spread a generous amount of butter on all four sides of your bread. Next, place half of your warm beans on one side of your bread. Then add a good handful of your finely grated Fit Cheese (our delicious dairy cheddar) on top. Then (precariously), place your bean-filled toastie onto your frying pan at medium heat and wait for it to turn a golden-brown colour. (Quick tip: avoid pressing the toastie too hard as the contents are likely to try and escape) Lastly, remove from the pan and enjoy. Pineapple, Ham and Chilli Toastie We’ve all been asked our thoughts on pineapple as a pizza topping. For some, it’s a red flag; for others, it’s a classic retro combination. At Fit Cheese, we believe that pineapple works just as well in a toastie as it does on pizza. In fact, we think our cheddar pairs perfectly with pineapple, and so we have created a delicious toastie in homage to this classic pairing. Ingredients Fit Cheese finely grated Butter 2 slices of bread (a classic wholemeal loaf tastes the best, I think) 2 slices of ham Thinly sliced pineapple 1 tsp of sweet chilli jam Directions Spread some of your butter on all four sides of your bread. Next, spread a good layer of finely grated Fit Cheese evenly across one side of your bread; add your pineapple slices and then finish with a good helping of your sweet chilli jam. (Quick tip: if you like spicy food, why not add some finely sliced chillies to your filling) Following this, place your toastie onto a frying pan at a medium heat and then patiently wait for a golden-brown crust to form. Lastly, remove from the heat and enjoy this controversial pairing.
Cheese can be a great source of protein and calcium. Yet, we also know that all the goodness comes with a few health warnings. Consuming too much cheese high in saturated fat can increase cholesterol levels and even heart disease. So, opting for reduced-fat cheddar is a great way to diminish your chances of suffering from heart-related health conditions. However, finding a reduced-fat cheddar that tastes as good as its full-fat counterparts can often be impossible. That’s where Fit Cheese comes in! Fit Cheese is a dairy cheese that contains 80% less saturated fat than regular cheddar and is cholesterol-free. Yet, it still maintains similar protein and calcium levels to traditional cheddar. We really have created the best of both worlds here at Fit Cheese. The outlook gets even better. British Heart Foundation has some exciting news for those of us who love cheddar but also need to watch our cholesterol levels. The charity has made it clear that there is no need to cut cheese out of your diet completely, even if you suffer from high cholesterol. Instead, they suggest limiting your consumption of high-fat cheeses or trying out low-fat alternatives. The British Heart Foundation recommend low-fat cheeses like Mozzarella, Ricotta, and reduced-fat cheddar, while avoiding cheese with a high-fat content like Stilton and Parmesan. If you want to check out the British Heart Foundation’s full lowdown on the good, the bad and smelly when it comes to cheese? Visit their website here. Fit Cheese is the perfect alternative for the 7.5 million people who take statins every day to reduce their cholesterol. It’s also a tasty option for those who want to make healthier diet choices. Fit Cheese is made with a skimmed milk and vegetable oil blend. The small amount of vegetable oil means that Fit Cheese maintains the characteristics of regular dairy cheddar. Effectively, it grates, slices, and melts just like your traditional full-fat alternative. Fit Cheese can be used to whip up a delicious cheese sauce for everyone’s renowned macaroni cheese. Or, you can enjoy it melted on toast as a tasty (and guilt-free) late-night snack.